81 percent of administrators said their districts were adequately teaching students about Internet safety, but just 51 percent of teachers said so. SOURCE: National Cyber Security Alliance and Microsoft
Hitachi's new model is one of the latest entries in the growing class of interactive projectors, which can detect touch on any surface using infrared sensors and a stylus pen without requiring the additional hardware of a traditional interactive whiteboard. The ultra-short-throw unit projects at 2,500 lumens of brightness and XGA resolution, includes an HDMI input, and is bundled with Hitachi's StarBoard teaching and lesson-building software.
Iconia Tab W500
Starts at $549
Acer has entered the wildly popular tablet PC market with the Iconia Tab W500, which the company intends both for consumer and professional markets, including education. The 10.1-inch, touchscreen Iconia runs Windows 7, displays Flash animation and 1080p HD images, and weighs just 2.14 pounds. A particularly unique feature is the included docking station with full keyboard, enabling users to utilize a laptop configuration when needed for productivity-oriented applications.
PCI's new LIFT line of intervention materials targets struggling middle and high school students who are performing two or more years below grade level. Four distinct programs focus on reading, writing and math skills: TextConnections, for overall reading and writing in grades 6-12; SummerVentures Reading & Writing and SummerVentures Mathematics for summer learning in grades 6-8; and Momentum Math, a math intervention to help students in grades 6-8 who have fallen significantly behind to master grade-level concepts.
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ExploreLearning's Reflex is a new online, game-based math-fact fluency program for students in grades 2-6. The product includes fast-paced games that use award tokens for effort and progress that can be redeemed for items in an online "store." Reflex continuously monitors and adapts to the performance of each student to individualize game play, and it provides extensive reporting and progress monitoring tools for educators.
Pricing varies based on number of licenses
Classroom management software developer NetSupport has just released NetSupport Assist, a new version of its flagship program designed specifically for Mac and Linux operating systems. The software allows educators to manage and monitor all student computers from a single interface. It includes all the features of the PC version, including instruction tools, application and Internet monitoring, student survey creation, thumbnail views, group or one-to-one chat functions, and more.
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